Spiritual Disasters

September 14, 2015

                                                   Spiritual Disasters

“Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” (Galatians 5:7)

A spiritual disaster is what results when someone starts walking in truth and obedience to the Lord. They started reading the Bible and attending church regularly. Sometimes they were even given some ministry in the church. Suddenly, however, they turn from it and go back to their old ways. Whenever there is a spiritual disaster we always ask, what caused it?

It isn’t always from one day to the next that they drop out. Most often they make a gradual departure. Many times their departure was due to some stumbling blocks. The following are some of them:

  1. There are numerous stumbling blocks for children. Many churches have an active program for reaching children. Some send out buses to pick up children. They are entertained on the bus. When they arrive at the church they are greeted and taught by gifted children’s workers. If their parents aren’t believers, however, their participation in the church can easily be sacrificed for activities that are more entertaining. Sometimes they drop out because of criticism they receive from relatives or friends.                                                  Sometimes unsaved parents begin to realize that   the church is teaching their children to have higher moral standards than they themselves have. Instead of raising their standards, they take their children out of church.                                                    It isn’t unusual for parents to take their children out of church because they want them to participate in athletic events or training those conflicts with the church schedule.
  2. Young people frequently drop out of church rather than face criticism from their peers. They aren’t willing to make the sacrifice of remaining pure.
  3. Materialism draws many away from being followers of Christ. The acquisition of more material possessions takes priority over spiritual values.
  4. Sometimes spiritual disasters occur because people are offended by something a believer said or did. It is unfortunate, but sometimes Christians do, and say, things that can be offensive. Weak and immature believers can easily be offended. Instead of looking at all the obedient Christians, they look at the one or two who aren’t.
  5. Another reason for drop outs is because they failed to maintain a personal relationship with God. John chapter 15 speaks of the need for believers to “abide in Christ.”

My hope and prayer is that these lines are being read by some of you who have departed from the straight and narrow way. The book of Proverbs has much good advice about the way we should take. Proverbs 16:17 says, “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.” My friend, if you realize that you have departed from the highway of the upright, my first recommendation is that you ask yourself if you are certain that you are a child of God. Was there a time when you truly repented of your sin and ask God to forgive you on the basis of the

righteousness that Christ purchased for you when he died on the cross? II Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” I John 5:13 also says that we can know for sure that we are a child of God. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

If you are sure about your salvation you need to pray like David prayed in Psalm 25:7. “Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness sake, O LORD.” Then you need to maintain the right relationship with God. John 15:10-11 says, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” Psalm 40:8 says, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” If the law of God is in your heart, then it will be a delight to do his will.

Those who have strayed from the straight and narrow way are confronted by an obstacle. It is pride. It will be hard for you to humble yourself and admit that you have strayed away. Don’t try to go around the obstacle. You need to face it head on. God says in I John 1:9, quoted above, that he is willing to forgive you. If God’s people are obedient to him, they will also forgive and receive you. Don’t miss the blessing of being reconciled to God and restored to fellowship with God and his people.

If you have questions or comments you can send them to us at the following address:  rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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